Carrie Underwood immersed herself in a redemptive story song with “Something in the Water.” As she takes on baptism in a sweeping and refreshing way, she also chronicles her decision to turn to the Father above to ask for guidance in every way. She had been singing about her faith in her songs before. Her blockbuster seven-time platinum hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel” is about a Mom who surrenders her daughter’s fate to Jesus. Another song, the “Temporary Home” gained a promising spot on the chart. The track reminds us that we are just passersby in this world, and one day, we will go home to our real home where imperfection doesn’t exist.
“Something in the Water” specifically focuses on the substance of baptism. Underwood’s personal experience inspired the song’s core. In fact, the title came from her. She remembered the pride that enveloped her after she was baptized in their church in Checotah, Oklahoma. It was a momentary event, and she knew something has changed within her. The idea of being saved gives her the delight to fulfill her passion for the glory of God.
Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.”
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood
Chris DeStefano and Brett James helped in the completion of the song. After its official release on September 29, 2014, it initially bowed at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. It later vaulted in the following week to No. 1.
“Something in the Water” crafted a special mark in Underwood’s career indeed. Today’s music trend mostly centers on partying, drinking, or heartbreaks, but the release of this song proved the substantial spot for faith-centered tracks.
Underwood’s conviction and unrelenting phrasing highlight the universal quality of the song. The final lines incorporate the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” that resulted in a haunting, yet wholly inspiring conclusion.
Producer Mark Bright was totally astounded by the overall result. He describes the song as the kind that goes against the current of all other songs being played on the radio right now. It’s a song that bravely conquers a space where nobody has been willing to go in country music for quite some time.
Watch this video and tell us if you agree that there’s something in the water that brings miracles and mystery.
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Carrie Underwood, Something in the Water